Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers try to avoid paying workers for off-the-clock time. One of the ways employers do this is to not pay for the time it takes to put on (“don”) and take off (“doff”) certain personal safety and protective gear that is required for employees to do their job, such as hard hats, gloves, ear plugs, hair nets, or coveralls
Donning and doffing lawsuit
In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the donning and doffing of workers’ gear in a meat processing plant was a principal work activity and compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Court also held that the time employees spent walking to and from their work area after donning and before doffing their work gear was compensable because it was part of the continuous workday.
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